National Register Listings in
Livingston County, New York

Alverson-Copeland House Avon Five Arch Bridge Avon Inn Barber, Aaron, Memorial Building Barber-Mulligan Farm Barnard Cobblestone House Black and White Farm Barn Boyd & Parker Park and Groveland Ambuscade Bristol House Caledonia Fish Hatchery Caledonia House Hotel Caledonia Library Cargill House Clark Farm Complex Clark-Keith House Conesus Amusement Hall Corby Farm Complex Coverdale Cobblestone House Dansville Downtown Historic District Dansville Library Dayton House Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Station DePuy, William, House Draper House Edgerley Elmwood Engleside English Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dansville First Methodist Episcopal Church of Avon First Presbyterian Church of Avon First Presbyterian Church of Tuscarora G.A.R. Memorial Hall Ganoung Cobblestone Farmhouse Geiger, Elias H., House Genesee Wesleyan Seminary and Genesee College Hall Geneseo Historic District Godfrey House and Barn Complex Hall's Opera Block Harden House Harmon, William, House Hartman, William, Farmstead Hemlock Fairground Hillcrest Homestead, The House at No. 13 Grove Street House at No. 176 South Main Street House at No. 30 at Murray Street House at No. 48 Grove Street House at No. 8 State Street Kellerman Log Cabin Kellogg, J. Francis, House Leech-Lloyd Farmhouse and Barn Complex Leech-Parker Farmhouse Lima Village Historic District Linwood Livonia Baptist Church Main Street Historic District Main Street Historic District (Boundary Increase) Markham Cobblestone Farmhouse and Barn Complex Martin Farm Complex Mills, Gen. William A., House Morgan Cobblestone Farmhouse Moses, Ogilvie, Farmhouse Moses, Zebulon, Farm Complex Murray Street Historic District National Hotel New Family Theater North Bloomfield School Payne Cobblestone House Peck, J. Franklin, House Peck, Thomas, Farmhouse Pioneer Farm School No. 6 Sliker Cobblestone House South Main Street Historic District Sparta First Presbyterian Church Spencer House St. John's Episcopal Church St. Rose Roman Catholic Church Complex Stanley House State and Eagle Streets Historic District Sweet Briar Union Block US Post Office-Dansville Vary, William L., House Warner, Asahel, House Warner, Matthew, House Westerly Williamsburg Cemetery
New York State was home to several utopian communities in the 19th century, including the Oneida Community in central New York, which practiced communal living and free love, and the Shakers, who were known for their furniture and craftsmanship.
Livingston County, located in western New York, has a rich history that dates back to its establishment in 1821. The area was originally inhabited by the Seneca Nation, part of the Iroquois Confederacy, who used the Genesee River as a vital waterway for transportation and trade. European exploration of the area began in the 17th century, with French and British settlers establishing trade networks and alliances with the Native American tribes.

In the aftermath of the American Revolution, the Sullivan Campaign of 1779 against the Iroquois Confederacy led to the displacement of the Seneca people from their ancestral lands. This opened up the area for settlement by European-Americans, and Livingston County was named after Robert R. Livingston, a prominent Founding Father and landowner in the region.

The early 19th century saw the establishment of towns and villages within Livingston County, including the county seat, Geneseo. The construction of the Genesee Valley Canal in the 1830s further facilitated settlement and economic growth, with the canal serving as a crucial transportation route for the agricultural and manufacturing industries.

During the mid-19th century, Livingston County played a significant role in the Abolitionist Movement and the Underground Railroad. Prominent abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and William Morgan used the county as a base of operations, and many residents were involved in helping enslaved individuals escape to freedom.

Today, Livingston County is known for its scenic landscapes, historic sites, and strong sense of community. The region has embraced its agricultural heritage, with farming and agribusiness remaining important economic sectors. The county also boasts educational institutions, such as the State University of New York at Geneseo, that contribute to the cultural and intellectual life of the area.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Livingston County, New York.

  • 1683 - Livingston County is part of Albany County, which includes all of present-day New York State.
  • 1781 - Albany County is divided, and Livingston County is part of Tryon County.
  • 1784 - Tryon County is divided, and Livingston County is part of Ontario County.
  • 1802 - Genesee County is formed from parts of Ontario County, and Livingston County is part of Genesee County.
  • 1821 - Livingston County is officially established as a separate county.
  • 1823 - Avon, the first town in Livingston County, is incorporated.
  • 1825 - Mount Morris, Caledonia, Livonia, and Lima are incorporated as towns in Livingston County.
  • 1831 - Geneseo is incorporated as a town in Livingston County.
  • 1850s - The railroad reaches Livingston County, spurring growth and economic development.
  • 1870s - Livonia Station becomes a major railroad hub in the county.
  • 1920s - The Great Depression hits Livingston County, causing economic decline.
  • 1940s - Livingston County experiences a resurgence in agriculture and manufacturing industries.
  • 1990s - Tourism becomes an important part of the county's economy.
  • Present - Livingston County continues to thrive with a diverse economy and a rich history.